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Old 12-09-2013, 02:33 PM   #1
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The Green Was Stale ...

The green was already stale as I aproached the light in the left turn lane. Sensing the light was going to change I gave the mighty Agility 125 a burst of throttle. Too much it turns out. When the light turned yellow I was still pretty far back, but there was no way to stop. In fact, I was going to need a lot of brake just to make the turn. The front end was chattering heavily as I turned in on the brakes. Halfway through it became apparent that I was going to make the turn, and I was still on two wheels. "In for a dime, in for a dollar...," I thought to myself, and rolled the throttle to the stop. The acceleration pushed me all the way into the bike lane on the far side of the intersection, but I missed the dirt by several inches.

Just another day in scooter land. I really wonder what cars think when they see stuff like that.
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Old 12-09-2013, 02:53 PM   #2
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If I can see the light is green from some way off, I work on it turning amber or red before I get there so tend to slow down and prepare to stop.

However, having said that, most of us have done that same thing at some time. You just have to crawl inside your helmet and zoom off quietly.
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Old 12-09-2013, 02:53 PM   #3
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Old 12-09-2013, 03:37 PM   #4
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However, having said that, most of us have done that same thing at some time. You just have to crawl inside your helmet and zoom off quietly.
Not me. I was giggling like a schoolgirl.
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Old 12-09-2013, 03:37 PM   #5
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Here you have to be very careful, as most of the lights have spy cameras. If you enter the intersection on a red light, they nail you. If you step on it to beat the light, it nails you for speeding. I always come up to these lights very slowly, giving me time to make a decision whether to stop or go through. Tailgaters don't like that, but I'm not getting a $200 ticket because of them. It would also add about $3000 to my insurance over the next 3 years, because I have 9 vehicles insured.
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Old 12-09-2013, 04:20 PM   #6
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Old 12-09-2013, 05:53 PM   #7
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Here you have to be very careful, as most of the lights have spy cameras. If you enter the intersection on a red light, they nail you. If you step on it to beat the light, it nails you for speeding. I always come up to these lights very slowly, giving me time to make a decision whether to stop or go through. Tailgaters don't like that, but I'm not getting a $200 ticket because of them. It would also add about $3000 to my insurance over the next 3 years, because I have 9 vehicles insured.
Arizona needs to find income other than these measures. I have seen those cameras at intersections.

I hate that state.
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Old 12-10-2013, 01:47 AM   #8
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The green was already stale as I aproached the light in the left turn lane. Sensing the light was going to change I gave the mighty Agility 125 a burst of throttle.
Just another day in scooter land. I really wonder what cars think when they see stuff like that.

Sensing the light was going to change, I covered the brakes. How long have you been riding?
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Old 12-10-2013, 03:04 AM   #9
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Sensing the light was going to change, I covered the brakes. How long have you been riding?
30 years. A little over 300K miles. I prefer to solve dilemmas with throttle.
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Old 12-10-2013, 04:41 AM   #10
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Sensing the light was going to change, I covered the brakes. How long have you been riding?
30 years ago rider education wasn't so common. Guys picked up bad habits and kept them........even if they ride 300 k miles.

Some even think it is humorous to ride poorly and put themselves and others in danger.
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Old 12-10-2013, 06:45 AM   #11
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:21 AM   #12
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Here you have to be very careful, as most of the lights have spy cameras.
Depends on the location, some put cameras everywhere, others only a few key intersections. It was on the news here over the summer that in one suburb the cameras only take photos of the front of vehicles, so motorcycles always got away. The pic they kept using in the report was of me rolling through on the Honda just as the light changed. Oops.
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